Wildcats seeking right mix

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Carson Roller (No. 21) goes in for 2 points for the Wildcats against Pierce City. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville tinkering with recipe

Fans of cooking know that there is nothing more frustrating than sampling something from the stove, only to find out there is an ingredient missing.

On the positive side, the chef’s recipe is almost perfect, but on the other side, it is not quite to the desired standard.

Jacob Thomas finds a spot to elevate against the Pierce City defense during varsity action on Friday. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

It is this type of situation that currently faces the Cassville boys basketball team (3-8) as it turns the focus to the conference portion of the schedule.

The Wildcats took fourth in the Southwest Holiday Tournament and were 1.5 seconds away from a berth in the championship game.

On Friday, Cassville entered the fourth quarter trailing Pierce City by just a single point but could not find a way to get over the hump in a 73-64 game that was tight until the final minutes of regulation.

“Pierce City is a very well-coached team, and this is one of their best teams that I have ever seen,” said Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach. “I thought our gameplan was pretty solid, but foul trouble caused us major issues. DJ White picked up his fourth foul less than a minute into the third, and we just could not get the flow back. I bet he only played 16 minutes [Friday]. When such a key contributor is in trouble like that, it hurts.”

Milleson said rebounding and second-chance points also hurt his team against the Eagles.

As Cassville plows headlong into its conference schedule, the Wildcats are hoping to find the perfect mix that has eluded them this season.

“We are going to continue to just work on what we do both offensively and defensively,” Milleson said. “One thing that is going to help us is that we are going to get healthy and get our post player back. On top of that, it’s about just doing little things, like stay positive and upbeat. Rebounding will be a key for sure.”

Carson Roller gave the Wildcats all he had against the Eagles, scoring 25 points. Jacob Thomas added 13 points. White finished with 9 points. Dane Martin chipped in with 8 points, with Bowen Preddy adding 6 points and Carson Whittemire finishing with 3 points.

Cassville hosts Seneca on Tuesday.

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